The On Purpose Associate Programme

On Purpose

At On Purpose, they believe that to solve many of society’s biggest challenges they need to change the way that we all do business. On Purpose help talented professionals develop the experience, knowledge and networks they need to lead this change, and put their skills to use in organisations that harness commercial thinking towards creating social and environmental benefit.

The On Purpose Associate Programme is a 1 year programme that combines paid work with professional development. When you join On Purpose you:

  • are paid to work at organisations like Virgin Unite, Big Society Capital, JustGiving, UnLtd and Social Enterprise UK
  • receive training from professionals at organisations including McKinsey, the Design Council, the Cabinet Office, Ogilvy and the Big Issue
  • learn from your peers, experienced mentors and executive coaches
  • become part of a collaborative network of emerging social enterprise leaders

Whether you work in law, finance, consulting, international development or any other field, and are interested in starting a career in the social enterprise space, then this is the right opportunity for you. 90% of On Purpose alumni continue to work in social enterprise and social investment after the programme.

The Associate Programme is full time, based in London and starts on Wednesday 30th September 2015. Associates work in their placements 4.5 days a week and spend Friday afternoon at training.  Associates are paid £21,000 for the year, which is a stipend for a year of training and development.

Applications are open from now until 9am on Monday 11th May 2015. Please visit to apply, or to find out more about being an Associate. For questions about the programme or applications after this date please email


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